I really never meant to fall off of the "blog wagon", but life got pretty crazy and I just ran out of things to write about.
Quick recap of the last six months:
It's been a rather tough year. I lost two grandparents, I totaled my car, school was extremely stressful, I had a thesis to write.... not to mention all the depressing events that have occurred in New England (Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon bombings....). I just felt surrounded by sadness and grief. I was especially depressed for awhile after my grandma passed away, but tried to distract myself with school.
It was a killer fall semester, more work than I have ever had in my life. It felt like I was drowning in papers. Thank goodness that I didn't have any classes during the spring semester, just student teaching. Luckily, I was placed in an amazing school with not one, but two FANTASTIC mentor teachers. I consider myself extremely lucky, because I have heard some absolute horror stories about mentor teachers and know that they could make or break the experience. I was fortunate enough to go to school every day with a smile on my face! I learned a lot from the experience, although I'm still not quite sure how I feel about teaching...I mean, I like it, but I'm not sure it is my "forever" career.
Anyway, I graduated on May 10th and now have a Master of Arts in Teaching degree :) Feels pretty cool to have a MA! Only took 5 semesters, one internship, one thesis, and probably a year or two off of my life due to stress. But I'm done!
|Just call me Master Shannon|
After I graduated, I just kind of hung out for a month, applied to jobs, worked at the restaurant one day a week, watched a lot of Sex and the City. I was feeling a bit bored as all of my friends were still at work, and the restaurant was slow, so I could not pick up any extra shifts.
So, I bought a plane ticket. (pstttt, I might have had some help).
I never quite got over having had to reject my placement this past year and missed Spain terribly. I had saved up all the money to initially go in the fall, so a few weeks ago I figured well, I'm not really doing anything right now, why not spend a month in Granada to help ease my broken heart? I found a room via Facebook (I know, I know, not usually a good idea!), bought a ticket two and a half weeks ago, and here I am! I'm not usually so spontaneous but I'm very happy that I was, for a change! Honestly, after two years of hell, I really needed a vacation.
It's been a good time so far. I live in a small casita in a nice neighborhood in the city, actually very close to where I lived in 2010. My roomie is a former auxiliar, and she and her brother (also an auxiliar) have since started their own study abroad company based in Granada. The company is called Trek Abroad Spain and is still fairly young, but they have several groups of students coming this summer. It's been very informative talking to my roomie and her brother about their work, as I'm very interested in working in the study abroad field one day. Seeing their success makes my goal seem much more realistic.
Other than that, I'm just kind of hanging around and enjoying Granada. Trying to take time alone to reflect, think about my future and what I want to do, etc. You know, normal 25 year old crisis, I guess. But I'm just so, so happy to be back in Spain! Not sure where my journey is going to take me, but I can't wait to find out.